Tutorials & How To’s
This is a step-by-step well written tutorial that will guide you from installing your Aptana IDE and Plugin for Adobe Air, to developing your Sqlite local database application to deploying and packing it as a .air file.
This one builds on top of what you’ve learned in part 1 and guides you throught building a more complex AIR application. You will learn how to explore the user interface possibilities that AIR provides, implement drag-and-drop functionality, work with native windows, communicate between windows, construct menus, and more.
The book has several pieces:
- Introduction to Adobe AIR
- Getting started with Adobe AIR
- Adobe AIR Mini-Cookbook
It is written by members of the AIR team itself, so you know that the information will be correct.
Here you get to see some of the most important or popular aspects of specific Adobe AIR features, step-by-step instructions for creating Adobe AIR applications using HTML and Ajax and Language Reference for HTML Developers. This is and official Adobe page so the information here should be kept up to date.
I had a small problem with the database for my adobe air application and this page helped me find the cause. Again it’s an official Adobe page so it can be used as reference for developing solid applications.
You could say this is the help file for Adobe Air, but it’s more like a complete online reference for the SDK and framework. You can probably find all the information you need here if you want to invest the time and effort needed into it .
Application Lists and Reviews – If you need to know what others have built with Adobe Air
“The premier showcase, resource website for Adobe AIR applications. Find the best Adobe AIR apps, get the best knowledge here”… or so they say! The bottom line is that this is a directory for Adobe Air application, it has reviews, previews, news from Adobe Air world, interviews with developers and A LOT of resources for developers from tutorials to icons for your applications.
That’s right… 27… I doubt anyone would use all 27 of them (I personally tryed Google Analytics Reporting Suite ) but you might find something useful.
Best of the best… This is the official Adobe Air Showcase. You can find applications from big names like AOL, NASDAQ, eBay, Yahoo!, The New York Times and the list goes on and on… These are Air Applications that probably are used by thousands of people around the world!
Adobe has created an official Adobe AIR Marketplace (beta) which aims to enlist all of the Adobe AIR applications and widgets. This is a great place to search for inspiration or something that you would actually use!
“We are delighted with Aptana Studio’s support for Adobe AIR. Ajax developers using Aptana Studio 1.1 and Adobe AIR can now build advanced rich Internet applications that deploy on the desktop and run consistently across operating systems. In addition, Ajax developers will save time building applications on Adobe AIR with Aptana’s many productivity features including the AIR application export wizard and advanced Ajax code hinting. Aptana is making it easy to build Ajax-based applications for Adobe AIR.” -Rob Christensen, Senior Product Manager of Adobe AIR
The Adobe AIR extension for Dreamweaver will allow you to package and preview AIR application files directly within Adobe Dreamweaver CS3, so you can leverage your existing web development skills to build rich Internet applications on the desktop.
Another alternative is the Spry framework for Ajax that comes with Dreamweaver CS3. The Spry prerelease was updated to support the shipping version of Adobe AIR.
Don’t forget to have fun while developing your Air App!